Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Party Decor Idea -- Balloon Arch

We've got you covered for balloon animals, but why not take it one step further and make this beautiful balloon arch to decorate your party, and create a beautiful backdrop for all those party photos?

Here's what you'll need:

Chicken wire
Glue gun & glue
Command hooks
Balloon pump
Shipping tape
Duct tape
Gorilla tape
Wire cutters
Fishing line

Check out the full tutorial from The House That Lars Built.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Bay Area Parent's "Best of the Best" Voting is Open

It's that time of the year again: time to vote for your favorites in the Bay Area Parent's Best of the Best contest! 

Fire Pixie has had the honor of receiving this award several times, including in 2017, and we'd love if you could take a moment to vote for us for 2018!

"Join with other parents to highlight what makes the Bay Area such a vibrant place to raise your family. Vote for your family favorites in categories ranging from museums to martial arts instruction, day camp to dance class and so many more!"

Thousands of votes will be tallied and the resulting top businesses and organizations in each category will be published in our Best of the Best 2018 issue and on BAP's website in late July.

Voting is quick, easy and lots of fun! Polls close at midnight on April 30, so don't miss this opportunity to make your vote count! 

Vote for Fire Pixie Entertainment in the East Bay Entertainment section, under party entertainer

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Party Craft Idea -- Cardboard Superhero Phone Booth

Here's a great idea for a DIY cardboard phone booth for your little superhero's birthday party! This makes a great backdrop for all those adorable superhero pictures, and you can even use it as part of a Superhero relay race, where guests race to put on an oversized blazer, shoes, and glasses, and run to their team's phone booth to change out of the disguise and in to the superhero cape, mask, and boots. Then, they rush back to their team and remove the superhero costume, and pass it to the next member of their team, who put it on, and runs back again. The first team whose members complete the race wins!

What you'll need to make your very own phone booth: 
  • 2 cardboard wardrobe boxes (approximately 24" x 20" x 48")
  • Masking tape
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Red latex interior paint
  • Light blue paper
  • 1" painter's tape
  • White poster board
  • Shoe box
  • Cardboard tube
  • Paper cup
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Yarn

And here are the step-by-step instructions from parents.com

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Selfie Saturday Part 3 -- A Behind the Scenes Look at our Weekend

Ever wonder what a day in the life of a Fire Pixie entertainer looks like? Well, wonder no more! It's time for another Selfie Saturday!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Party Snack Ideas -- Descendants Apple Dipping Station

What a great idea for Descendants themed parties: an apple dipping station! Your party guests will have so much fun creating their very own sweet snacks, and with so many dipping options, there's something for everyone! This party snack station is super easy to put together and customize for your favorite Descendants characters.

What you'll need:

  • Red apples
  • Melting chocolate for dipping (white, milk, and dark)
  • Caramel dip (1 bag of caramels and 1 5oz can of evaporated milk)
  • Chopped cashews or peanuts
  • Shredded coconut
  • Sprinkles (choose colors to match your favorite Descendants characters: blue, white, green, black, and silver for Evie or red, white, and black for Carlos, etc.)

Here's the full step-by-step guide from Tonya Staab.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Party Ideas -- Rapunzel Tower Photo Booth

Create a unique photo booth for your upcoming Rapunzel themed party using nothing but a few large cardboard boxes, tape, paint, a couple of plastic cups, and a little time. Your party guests will love posing for pictures with their friends in this fantastic tower, and it's so easy to make, your little Princess can even help! Make just the front as a photo booth, or go all out and make a full tower, and after the party it turns in to a mini tower playhouse for your little one. :)

What you'll need:

  • A few large cardboard boxes 
  • Paints (spray paint in light purple, dark blue, and brown tones for the castle walls, and acrylic greens for the vines)
  • Faux flowers (for decorating)
  • Hot glue gun
  • A sturdy chair or stool for your models 
Here are a few examples of towers people have made to get you started, and here's a great step-by- step guide from Melissa Williams Design Blog. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Life In Gowns: Meet Princess Naomi

Ever wonder who we are when we're not all glitzed up, entertaining your little ones with our mad face paint and balloon skills, or dazzling them with our big bag of magic tricks? We're a diverse group of folk, each coming from a different performance background, and with a little bit of a different story. 

Allow me to introduce: Princess Naomi!

Naomi is one of our most experienced and most requested entertainers, and it's really no wonder why. A classically trained theater actor and musical theater performer, Naomi truly embodies each character, and brings her own special brand of silly along, too. She's an incredibly versatile entertainer, and switches easily between the more traditional Princess roles and other, sillier characters. When Naomi was little, her favorite Princess was always the Little Mermaid.

 "She's super goofy and fun, but seriously curious, and always questions everything. Plus, being a mermaid is just awesome!"

As a kid, Naomi used to spend hours in the bath, her little feet crossed, make believing she was a mermaid herself, but she never imagined that she would one day be pretending professionally
Naomi had always been passionate about performance and costuming, and when she was little, she dreamed of becoming a professional Ballerina. The first Halloween when she chose her own costume, she was a Mouse Fairy Ballerina. 

After studying musical theater at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Naomi moved to the Bay Area to pursue another long time love: circus. A friend who had been working as a kids' entertainer suggested that Naomi might make a perfect Princess, so Naomi applied to Fire Pixie (thank you, whoever you are!). It started as a great survival job for her while she worked on a variety of different projects and trained circus, but Naomi very quickly fell in love with making kids happy. 

"It's hard to not love what you do when you see all those adorable smiles!" she says. 

Since staring with Fire Pixie, Naomi has done a ton of parties for kids of all ages, but especially loves the 4 year old crowd because "They're old enough that they're engaged, but magic is still very much alive in their imaginations."  
Naomi loves all the characters she plays, but especially enjoys being Ariel and Elsa, since they're both singers, and they really give Naomi a chance to show off her vocal chops. 

"Elsa is also a very powerful character, and definitely not your damsel in distress, so she's really fun to play." says Naomi. "Plus, all the kids absolutely love her." 
Naomi is an excellent face painter, and her magic show is top notch, but she says she really loves doing Crafts with the kids "Because you get to play with them instead of for them, and make something awesome together." 
Naomi remembers one party in particular, where she appeared as Elsa at a birthday celebration for a very special little Princess who was recovering from chemotherapy. 

"Her hair was just starting to come back, and it was so touching watching this little girl and her friends just belting out Let It Go. Overcoming your obstacles and staying strong through your struggles is really what it's all about after all." she says. 

When Naomi's not entertaining kids at parties, she can often be found flying through the air with the greatest of ease as a professional aerialist, or twisting herself in to unfathomable shapes as a contortionist. Learn more about Naomi's circus performance here


Naomi on her Aerial Frame. Photo by RJ Muna.

If you'd like to invite Naomi to your party to inspire and amaze your little Princess, you can book her here